About Us

Mission

At Holy Trinity Preschool, we provide a faith-centered, enriched environment that strives to take children as they come and challenge children’s developmental growth. We nurture their progress through child-centered experiences and quality opportunities that make play their work. We empower parents to become asset builders and life-long advocates for their children. We encourage professionalism and personal growth of our staff to accomplish our goals and make every day count.

Holy Trinity Preschool is accredited by NAEYC’s National Academy of Early Childhood programs and licenced by the Colorado Dept. of Human Services.

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Our Team

Donna Cantrell

My name is Donna Cantrell.  I have been a volunteer in my son's Green Grasshopper class and in the Dragonfly class for the past two years.  This summer, I was blessed to be asked to come on board as a substitute teacher.  As I work toward a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, I will continue to grow and learn from the wonderful teachers and kids here at Holy Trinity Preschool.

My family has lived in Littleton for 20 years now.  I am a fifth generation native to Colorado.  I have one son in kindergarten at Highland Elementary and one in the Bumblebee class here at HTP.

I have always had a passion for little ones and now I get the pleasure of engaging with them every week.  They are such fun and I really enjoy learning from your little ones as well.  This is a great time for your little ones, and I am very blessed to be a part of Holy Trinity Preschool.

    Bevie Raitz

    Hi! My name is Bevie Raitz and I am a teacher in the Green Grasshopper room.

    I've worked with the Junior and Senior high youth group with my churches for close to 25 years. I was a great cheerleader and had great relationships with them.

    I've worked with preschool kids for 6 years and had great relationships with them as well. I think all kids are precious and special children of God. They make my heart sing.

    I have a teaching certificate and I'm also continuing my education with Early learning. I've worked with both toddlers and preschool age. I love to get to know them all. They never cease to amaze me on how smart they are and how they all learn so differently. I have learned so much from them and with the awesome teachers I've worked with as well.

    I like to teach through play and nature. Their exploring minds are so much more open to new things.

      Melissa Burkett

      Hi, my name is Melissa Burkett, but everyone calls me Melissa Ann.  I am very excited to be joining the team here at Holy Trinity.  I am looking forward  to getting to know all the children and families here.

      I started working in the Early Childhood Education field 25 years ago.  I have worked with infants through school age children.  I am a mother of a 16 year old daughter who keeps me busy with all of her school activities and volunteer work.  I am here for you if you need me.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

        Hannah Overlie

        Hannah was born and raised in Littleton, CO. This is her second year at Holy Trinity Preschool and is the lead teacher with our two year olds.  She graduated from MSU Denver with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science with a minor in Psychology.  She has interned in many different school settings treating students with speech and language deficits, under a supervising Speech Language Pathologist (SLP).  With her background education and experience, she brings a special skill set to Holy Trinity while pursuing her passion for  helping children grow. She also spends her week nights teaching dance, tumbling, and coaching at Club USA Dance and High Country Cheer.  When Hannah isn't working, traveling and exploring is a hobby she loves to pursue! One of her favorite experiences after graduating in May 2018 was her trip to Europe, exploring Greece, Ireland, and Italy. She thought all the countries were just beautiful!  She is extremely excited to be part of Holy Trinity and looks forward to watching the children grow, change and succeed over the course of the school year.  She exclaims, "They are already teaching me so much!"

          Tanya Riley

          Tanya is delighted to spend time teaching your children each day.  After 14 years as a stay-at-home mom, transitioning back to teaching was a natural step.  She knew instantly Holy Trinity Preschool was a special place and after one year of teaching the Purple Dragonflies is excited to teach The Red Dragonflies this year! She has a Bachelors in French from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. and an Masters in Counseling (within the Department of Education) from the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.  Previous to teaching at Holy Trinity, she taught emotional intelligence at the elementary level at the Nysmith School for the Gifted.  In her free time she loves to travel, including RVing with her husband and three children.

           

            Stephanie Marie Greco

            Stephanie is a Colorado Native, Littleton resident and graduate of Englewood High School. She received continuing education credits in the Arapahoe and Denver Community College with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education programs. Stephanie has over 18 years of career experience dedicated to preschool classroom teaching, youth summer program leadership and special events coordination  Stephanie applies her outgoing, devoted personality towards developing and implementing curriculum and activities for the classroom, and fostering positive relationships, with children and their families. Outside of school, Stephanie us an avid alpine skier enjoying Breckenridge and Loveland ski areas in winter, and a high-level competitive tennis player in summer reaching U.S. tennis association national level competitions in Boise, Denver, Laramie, Las Vegas, Palm Desert, and Salt Lake City.  She took her first steps as a child on the beaches of southern California during family vacations which began a love of travel, including favorite trips to Barbados, Mexico, Palm Springs.

              Marcia Whitney

              Marcia lives in Parker, CO and has four children, 3 girls and 1 boy.  She also has four grandchildren, 2 girls and 2 boys. She started in Early Childhood 18 years ago assisting in a Pre-K classroom.  Through her professional career she decided to return to school and obtain her Director's Certification.  She served as an Assistant Director for three years before taking over the Directors role in a private Christian preschool.  She decided to take a step out of the administration role and return to the classroom.  This is her third year with Holy Trinity Preschool and loves the safe, loving, wonderful, and compassionate environment it is for all children, parents and staff.

                Melissa Pankau

                Melissa has been teaching early childhood education for over 21 years and has been at Holy Trinity for three years.  She has a BS in Science with a Criminology degree and a certification in Early Childhood Education.  She has a passion for teaching 3 year old's and loves to watch the "lightbulb" moment for them when they master learning something new.  Her passion for children goes beyond the classroom as she has advocated for over 10 years for children as a CASA representative, Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children in Arapahoe County and was also a former foster parent.   She has been married to her husband Roger for 38 years and has three grown children, Philip, Matthew, and Katie.  Her hobbies include doing things as a family; dinners, movies, and travel including hiking in the mountains.  Melissa enjoys getting to know the families of the children she teaches and cares for as well as the families here at Holy Trinity Preschool. 

                  Wendy Boyd

                  Wendy Boyd is a native of Colorado and has been married to her husband Kenny for 23 years.  They have two boys, Nicolas who is 21 and Connor who is 18.  She has been teaching at Holy Trinity for 7 years and received her Early Childhood Education certification while working at Holy Trinity Preschool.  She loves working with children of all ages, and finds it rewarding to see each child's developmental process.  She is also a Bible class teacher at her church, Westside Church of Christ in Golden, CO. Wendy and her husband enjoy being counselors along with 22 other counselors and 128 kids ranging from 9-18 years at a week long Christian summer camp in Woodland Park, CO. They love spending time riding bikes and enjoy Colorado's beauty along with their black labrador named Jubie.  Two of their favorite places to visit are Playa Del Carmen, and St. Lucia.

                    Rachel Gaspar

                    Thank you for the opportunity to teach your children! It is such a privilege to be a part of these little one's growth. I began teaching in IL in 2nd grade, then 1st, then Kindergarten. After having my first boy, I began substitute teaching at a small church preschool and found such joy and excitement working with 3-5 year olds! When our family moved to CO in 2014, I taught 4 year olds at Primrose. In 2015, I found Holy Trinity Preschool and instantly knew I would love working in this smaller atmosphere. My boys, Paulie and Jimmy, attend Moody Elementary.  I've been married to my sweet husband, Paul, for 15 years. Our family loves hiking here in CO and mostly just that we don't freeze our noses off for 6 months of the year (like we did in IL).

                      Judy Dreiling

                      My name is Judilynn Dreiling and I am a teacher in the Purple Dragonfly, (preK) class.  I have been at Holy Trinity for about 9 years and a preschool teacher for a total of 13 years. I started my career in teaching after I had my own kids and needed something flexible. It has been such a great journey as I really enjoy being with kids and helping them learn and grow. My bachelor’s degree is in Nutrition from CSU. I was a restaurant manager for over 10 years with Red Robin. I enjoyed my time there, but also felt like I was the only one getting older. I really enjoy my time at Holy Trinity thanks to my co-workers, our great learning philosophy and the supportive parents. It really does take a village to raise little humans!

                      My family consists of my husband, Todd and our three boys, Kellan,13, Connor,12, and Brennan, 10. We also have a dog and cat. In our free time we enjoy lots of sports such as baseball, flag football, la crosse, basketball and skiing. We love to camp and have an RV that we take all over the country. We like to mix it up with organized campgrounds and boondocking in the wilderness.

                        Shelly Gray

                        Shelly has been teaching at Holy Trinity Preschool for ten years.  She graduated from Metro State University in 1994 with a BS and teaching license in Early Childhood Education.  While she was in college, she directed a Before and After school program at Columbine Hills Elementary School and taught preschool at the Goodson Recreation Center.  She continued teaching in private and public schools settings throughout her career.  She has continued her education with certificates in infant and toddler development, Pyramid Plus and various phonics programs.  Shelly’s patience and thorough planning for each child is an extraordinary gift.  

                          Cathy Starkey

                          Cathy is thrilled to be in her ninth year at Holy Trinity Preschool.  Cathy’s education includes a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships from CSU, and an ECE license through the State of Colorado. She has taught in early childhood special education and infant programs, preschool and kindergarten.  In her classroom she nurtures community and cooperative learning, empowering children to see that they can foster their own success as well as the success of their peers.  She has a true knack for assessing and knowing a child’s capabilities, developing and nurturing one-on-one relationships and facilitating learning opportunities that encourage them to take risks and challenge one another. Her hobbies include camping, riding bikes, gardening,  yoga, and reading.